Two Dresses from 1961

by KhristieB on September 15, 2011 · 1 comment

in Vintage Sewing

I have recently made up two dresses both dating 1961 from McCall’s.  The thing I love about both these patterns is that they had hems lengths for different heights. And they worked perfectly.

McCall’s 6139

Here is McCall’s 6139.  It has fabulous details, like kimono sleeves, bound pockets and a bow belt.  I didn’t change a thing and I love the result.  Very Pan Am.  You can read more here.

McCall’s 5891

Then we have McCall’s 5891.  A simple dress with a fabulous low back.  I lined this dress for modesty with a cotton voile so omited the bodice facings.  The fabric I used is vintage and I ran out of it to make a matching belt, so I made a contrasting belt with a bow.  I put the bias binding bow at the center back rather than front, which smartly covered the little gap at the top of the zip.  You can read more here

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Harry High Pants

by KhristieB on August 26, 2011 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I have made these pants and the top using Advance pattern 7899, I’m guessing it is from the 50′s.  The pattern describes this pattern as being sports separates.  How glamorous!  
I have no idea what the fabric is, as it was given to me, but it has a polyester content for sure.  The pants called for 2 zips, but I bought a longer one and only needed the one.  I love them and will need to find more appropriate fabric.
When I first made the top it was too big, this is the smaller version, it’s a tad too small.  I can still breath and move so not all is lost.  The pattern called for it to be fully lined, but I opted to use bias binding on the openings instead.

This will be a spring staple here in sunny Bris Vegas for sure.  Check out my blog for more Australian spring sewing to come.


Here is two dresses made from Vogue 9426 from 1958.  It is an elegant design, that was both challenging and joyful to make.

Stop by at my blog to read more.

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This virgin Mary fabric is so kitsch and just stunning, I couldn’t resit it.  It is very fitting for today, being Mother’s Day.  I made it up into a slim sleeveless dress from McCall’s 6770 from 1963.  This is my first successful slim fit dress and I like it.  For more pics and info head over to my blog.
Happy Mother’s Day.

McCall’s 6770